Finally admitting after 9 years that their do-sweet-bugger-all policy on suicide isn’t working, this despicable trick has been launched by National…
A goal of reducing New Zealand’s total suicide rate by 20 per cent over 10 years was rejected over fears the Government would be held accountable if the rate didn’t drop.
The target would have seen New Zealand aiming for 12 fewer people to die from suicide per year, each year until 2027. An expert panel created to advise the Ministry of Health concluded that target should be the main purpose of the ministry’s new suicide prevention strategy.
But Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman’s office pushed instead for vague phrasing, like “reduce rates of suicide”, that wouldn’t become an “accountability measure” for the Government.
…that’s right, just like the sick illusion of a budget surplus gained by underfunding the social infrastructure of NZ, just like how our real suicide rates could be 3 times higher than officials acknowledge, just like how National manipulate social housing data, just like how National manipulate Charter School experiments, just like how National manipulate reoffending rates, just like how National lowered water quality standards to pretend like they’ve done something for water quality – we are now dropping suicide prevention targets so that the Government can’t be held accountable.
On almost every single social issue, the first thing National do after cutting budgets to create fake surplus is to dilute, weaken, water down or utterly ignore any measurement of how much worse off the vulnerable are based on the cut backs.
This allows a political denial to set in because we have no idea of the number impacted.
It’s far easier to ignore the 41 000 homeless, 10 000 in prison, 500 suicides, 305 000 kids in poverty, 550 000 suffering hardship and 1600 dying each year from freezing houses when you don’t know the numbers.
This deceitful Government must go.